Tough Luck.

Oregonian Senator Gordon Smith hoped to woo gay voters with a commercial touting his fight against hate crimes, but Basic Rights Oregon today endorsed his rival, Jeff Merkley. Said BRO executive director Jeana Frazzini, “There is only one thing that fair-minded Oregonians can count on from Gordon Smith, and that is that every six years, he will roll out a hate crimes advertisement in the Portland media market in an effort to look like a moderate. But most national and local gay organizations know the truth about Gordon Smith, and that’s why they decline to endorse him.” [The Oregonian]

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  • Chris

    Portland area guy here. I’ve seen the ad. It says Smith co-sponsored the Matthew Sheppard hate crimes bill in the US Congress. How accurate is this? I dunno…

  • Tara

    Another Portlander here, I must say it is nice living in a place where the Republican must pander to the left.

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